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Piedmont Manse Designed by William Knowles Drops $475K

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After a full 168 days on the market, this 1913 mansion in Piedmont shed $475K to land at $4.65M last week. (Why, that's less than the EndUp!) Designed by Bay Area architect William Knowles (whose firm Hertzka & Knowles worked on the Crown-Zellerbach Building with SOM) as an ode to symmetry, the six-bedroom, five-bath, 6,266-square-foot property hasn't been on the market since 1956, according to SFGate. Back in the day, the place hosted all kinds of weddings, fund-raisers, and even Piedmont's graduation ceremonies. The home is loaded with extremely symmetrical eye candy, from the segmented arched windows to the roundness of the topiaries in the planters out front (only one American flag, though!).

Before putting the home on the market, the owners pulled up a bunch of wall-to-wall carpeting—it was the 50s once, after all—and refinished the floors. The kitchen still needs work, though, at least according to the Redfin brokerbabble. None of the photos show the elevator, but you an see it in person at the open house this Sunday, August 24, 2 to 4:30pm.


· 60 King Ave [Redfin]
· Ditch the Mini-Manse Hunt and Make the EndUp Yours for $5.2M [Curbed SF]
· Piedmont Mansion Crafted by William Knowles Hits the Market for the First Time Since '50s [SFGate]
· 60 King Avenue [Sotheby's International Realty]